The soccer community in Springfield is large, vibrant and growing. There are a large number of families that are deeply involved across multiple families and generations. I don’t know all of them but one family that was a quiet but very active supporter of my efforts, on top of their significant efforts for Lake Country Soccer and what has evolved into the Springfield SC, is the Hogan/Chaffin family.
Their patriarch, Jack Edward Hogan, passed away at home on Tuesday December 2nd.
Jack was born August 4, 1930, in West Plains, Missouri. He graduated from West Plains High School and entered the United States Navy at age 17, serving on a ship in the Persian Gulf. After leaving the Navy at age 20, Jack moved to Springfield, to work at Thieme Hunt Abstract Company. He started from the ground floor working for no pay doing everything including sweeping the floors to learn the business. In the early days he ran deliveries for the company on the city bus. He worked his way through the ranks to partner and eventually owner and founder of Hogan Land Title Company.
He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Kruse; his children, Kim Chaffin and her husband, Keith, and their children, Sam, Ross and Anabelle; Crista Hogan and her husband, Tedd Hamaker and their children, Rebecca, Claude, Theo, Joe, Lena, and Dan; David (Bud) Hogan and his wife, Mary and their children, Jack and Nick. He also recently became a great-grandfather and is survived by his great-grandbaby, Soren.
The family will receive friends in the Nave of Christ Episcopal Church, Wednesday, December 3, 2008, from 4 to 6 p.m. Funeral services will be held in Christ Episcopal Church Thursday, December 4, 2008, at 11 a.m. under the direction of Gorman-Scharpf Brentwood Chapel with burial to follow in Greenlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Diabetes Association, 1944 E. Sunshine, Suite A, Springfield, MO 65804, or the American Cancer Society, 3322 S. Campbell, Springfield, MO 65807.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Hogan and Chaffin family. God Bless.